A yellow thunderstorm warning has been put in place across Greater Manchester and much of the UK for today following a four-day heatwave.
Nice weather doesn’t tend to stick around for very long in this country, does it?
After temperatures had been soaring nationwide over the last week, and a heat-health alert was even put in place by the UKHSA, the Met Office has now issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and heavy rain across large parts of the UK – with Greater Manchester included.
The weather warning came into force today from 6am, and is set to last throughout the day.
According to forecasters at the Met Office, the weather warning spells “locally heavy rain and possible disruption”.
Damage to buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds is also on the cards.
Should flooding or lightning strikes actually occur anywhere in the country, the Met Office has said there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services, and spray and sudden flash flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and even some road closures too.
“Isolated but intense thunderstorms are possible on Monday,” explains Jason Kelly – Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office.
“The warnings highlight the chance of some places seeing around 50mm of rain falling in a three-hour period in the north, with some areas further south possibly seeing around 30mm of rain in a three-hour period.
“Hail and frequent lightning are also possible as part of these downpours and represents an additional hazard.
“We’re continuing to monitor how these thundery showers develop on Tuesday and Wednesday next week and there’s a chance of some quite intense downpours at times for some areas and we’re refining the likely location of these in the coming days.”
The yellow thunderstorm warning comes after England has had its driest July since 1935.
While some places, especially down South, will probably welcome the rain with open arms, the Met Office does warn that these forecasted “intense and thundery showers” are likely bring with them the disruption previously mentioned.
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Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.